Dexter Williams

Dexter Williams

Running Back #2
Team: Green Bay Packers
Ht / Wt:5'11" / 212 lb.
College:Notre Dame
Age:
Born:None
Drafted:2019 / Rd. 6 (194)
Draft Team:GB

Dexter Williams: Reverts to practice squad

Williams reverted to the Packers' practice squad Monday, per the NFL's official transaction log.

Analysis: Williams garnered four snaps on special teams and three more on offense during a Sunday night win over the Titans, but the 23-year-old didn't get any work on the ground as he did during his last appearance Week 9. A knee injury kept Williams on the practice squad injured list between Nov. 11 and Dec. 15, but now he's available once again to provide depth to Green Bay's backfield when called upon.

December 28, 2020 5:08 PM EST

Dexter Williams: Elevated for Week 16

Williams was promoted to the Packers' active roster from the practice squad Saturday, Rob Demovsky of ESPN.com reports.

Analysis: The 23-year-old is a gameday elevation for Sunday's matchup with the Titans as Jamaal Williams (quadriceps) is expected to be sidelined. Dexter Williams is unlikely to see many offensive opportunities behind Aaron Jones and AJ Dillon.

December 26, 2020 4:37 PM EST

Dexter Williams: Shakes off injury

The Packers restored Williams (knee) from the practice squad injured list Tuesday.

Analysis: Williams has recovered from the sprained MCL he suffered during a win over San Francisco in Week 9. He'll likely remain on the practice squad unless one of Aaron Jones, Jamaal Williams or AJ Dillon picks up an injury.

December 15, 2020 1:56 PM EST

Dexter Williams: Suffers sprained MCL

Williams (knee) was placed on the practice squad injured reserve Wednesday, Jim Owczarski of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Analysis: Williams suffered a sprained MCL in last week's win over the 49ers, and he'll be required to miss at least three weeks of practice as a result. The Packers signed Mike Weber to the practice squad to take Williams' place.

November 11, 2020 3:32 PM EST

Dexter Williams: May be facing long-term injury

Packers head coach Matt LaFleur said that the knee injury Williams sustained in Thursday's 34-17 win over the 49ers is "potentially" a long-term concern, Matt Schneidman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: After AJ Dillon and Jamaal Williams placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list earlier this week, the Packers called up Dexter Williams from the practice squad ahead of Thursday's contest to provide depth at running back behind Aaron Jones and Tyler Ervin. Williams carried two times for eight yards in the second quarter before being announced as out for the remainder of the contest coming out of halftime. Though LaFleur didn't get into specifics about the injury, the Packers apparently fear Williams could miss significant time, pending the results of his follow-up tests. The Packers should have a good chance of getting at least one of Jamaal Williams and Dillon back for their next game Nov. 15 against the Jaguars, so Dexter likely wouldn't have been a part of the backfield rotation beyond this week even if he hadn't gotten hurt.

November 6, 2020 2:49 PM EST

Dexter Williams: Done for the night

Williams will not return to Thursday's game against the 49ers due to a knee injury.

Analysis: Williams had two carries for eight yards in the first half, but he was ruled out with a knee injury prior to the start of the third quarter. The 2019 sixth-round pick was promoted from the practice squad for Thursday's contest, and his absence will now leave Tyler Ervin as the only backup behind Aaron Jones.

November 5, 2020 7:09 PM EST

Dexter Williams: Will be available Thursday

The Packers elevated Williams from the practice squad to the active roster in advance of Thursday's contest in San Francisco, Adam Caplan of SiriusXM NFL Radio reports.

Analysis: Green Bay's backfield has been whittled down to few available and healthy bodies, with AJ Dillon testing positive for COVID-19 earlier this week and Jamaal Williams joining him on the reserve/COVID-19 list as a high-risk close contact. With Williams temporarily on the active roster, the Packers have two RBs who don't have injury designations -- also, Tyler Ervin -- but the team is hopeful Aaron Jones will be cleared to play through a calf injury. Whether it's a two- or three-headed backfield Thursday, Williams figures to get some work, which has been difficult to come by in one-and-a-half seasons as a pro. In five appearances, he has just five carries for 11 yards on 10 offensive snaps.

November 5, 2020 1:23 PM EST

Dexter Williams: Likely to have Week 9 role

The Packers are expected to elevate Williams from their practice squad prior to Thursday's game against the 49ers, Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette reports.

Analysis: Green Bay is perilously thin at running back entering the Week 9 matchup, as Jamaal Williams and AJ Dillon reside on the reserve/COVID-19 list, while top option Aaron Jones (calf) is uncertain to return from a two-game absence. Even if Jones is cleared to play, he may not be ready to handle a normal snap load, so both Tyler Ervin and Williams are expected to have roles in Green Bay's game plan. Williams' outlook in particular would improve if Jones sits out, as the 5-foot-10, 192-pound Ervin has seen most of his action at receiver in 2020 and profiles as more of a change-of-pace option out of the backfield. Meanwhile, Williams is more of a traditional back, albeit one with limited NFL experience (10 career offensive snaps and five carries).

November 5, 2020 8:22 AM EST

Dexter Williams: Shifts back to practice squad

Williams reverted to the Packers' practice squad Monday, per the NFL's official transaction log.

Analysis: Aaron Jones (calf) was sidelined for Sunday's win against the Texans, so Williams elevated to the active roster to add depth in the backfield. The 2019 sixth-round pick never got on the field with the offense, but he played 15 snaps on special teams and made a tackle. Jones' injury isn't expected to linger for very long, but if it keeps him out Week 8 against the Vikings, Williams likely would be called up again.

October 26, 2020 3:51 PM EST

Dexter Williams: Lands on active roster

Williams was elevated to the Packers' active roster Saturday.

Analysis: It's an especially interesting designation given Aaron Jones' (calf) tentative status for Sunday's 1:00 p.m. ET kickoff, but should Jones ultimately be ruled inactive expect Jamaal Williams and AJ Dillon to split the bulk of the carries, with Williams contributing almost exclusively in passing downs. Dexter Williams saw just 10 offensive snaps as a rookie last season, carrying the ball five times for 11 yards, so it's almost assured Williams would simply provide depth behind Jamaal Williams and Dillon.

October 24, 2020 3:13 PM EST

Dexter Williams: Resurfaces on practice squad

The Packers signed Williams to the practice squad Thursday, Jim Owczarski of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Analysis: The 2019 sixth-round pick only appeared in four contests with Green Bay as a rookie, but he'll get a chance to continue his development with the team. Both Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams are entering the final year of their rookie contracts, so the Packers could have additional opportunities in the backfield on deck in 2021.

September 10, 2020 2:27 PM EST

Dexter Williams: Waived by Packers

The Packers are waiving Williams, Ryan Wood of the Green Bay Press-Gazette reports.

Analysis: The 2019 sixth-rounder Williams was used sparingly as a rookie, but figures to be a candidate for Green Bay's practice squad if he clears waivers.

September 5, 2020 7:01 AM EST

Dexter Williams: Plays sparingly in rookie season

Williams appeared in four games during his rookie season and accumulated 11 yards on five carries.

Analysis: Williams spent the entire season on the Packers' 53-man roster, but he was activated only four times and played sparingly in those instances. The Packers clearly see some potential in Williams, but they did not invest more than a sixth-round pick in him, so he will presumably need to earn a roster spot in training camp.

January 21, 2020 10:16 AM EST

Dexter Williams: Not on injury report

Williams (illness) is not listed on Wednesday's injury report.

Analysis: Williams sat out the divisional-round win over Seattle due to an ailment, and he now appears back to full health. The rookie sixth-round pick is on track to play his usual reserve role during Sunday's NFC Championship Game in San Francisco.

January 15, 2020 2:13 PM EST

Dexter Williams: Inactive for divisional-round game

Williams (illness) is inactive for Sunday's playoff game against the Seahawks.

Analysis: Williams is one of multiple Packers battling an illness this week, and he'll miss Sunday's divisional-round tilt as a result. Given that Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams are both active, Williams was an unlikely candidate to handle offensive snaps even if fully healthy.

January 12, 2020 2:20 PM EST

Dexter Williams: Status in question for Sunday

Williams (illness) is listed as questionable for Sunday's divisional-round game against the Seahawks, Wes Hodkiewicz of the Packers' official site reports.

Analysis: Williams is one of three Packers battling an illness this week, which kept him off the practice field entirely. With Jamaal Williams (shoulder) back in action Sunday, Dexter Williams was an unlikely candidate to see the field anyway, let alone be active, so the bug may be enough to ensure he's among the team's inactives.

January 10, 2020 3:17 PM EST

Dexter Williams: No practice Thursday

Williams is not participating in Thursday's practice due to an illness, Matt Schneidman of The Athletic reports.

Analysis: Williams will have one more opportunity to up his level of activity ahead of Sunday's NFC divisional-round game against Seattle. With Aaron Jones and Jamaal Williams both operating at full health, the rookie sixth-round pick will likely only play a reserve role if healthy.

January 9, 2020 2:04 PM EST

Dexter Williams: Limited work in Week 17

Williams had two carries for nine yards in Sunday's victory over the Lions.

Analysis: Williams was activated in Week 17 for just the fourth time all season with Jamaal Williams (shoulder) inactive, but he saw only limited work while playing the third-most snaps among Packers running backs. Jamaal Williams is expected back for the playoffs, so Dexter Williams will likely serve only as depth the rest of the way.

December 31, 2019 10:00 AM EST

Dexter Williams: Active Week 17

Williams is active for Sunday's game in Detroit, Wes Hodkiewicz of the Packers' official site reports.

Analysis: The Packers invested a sixth-round pick earlier this year in Williams, but the rookie has only been called upon three other times this season, the last being Week 9. With Jamaal Williams (shoulder) sidelined, Dexter Williams will join Tyler Ervin as the available reserve running backs behind Aaron Jones.

December 29, 2019 8:55 AM EST

Dexter Williams: Could see added snaps in Week 17

Coach Matt LaFleur said Thursday that the Packers will rely more on Williams in this weekend's game against the Lions if Jamaal Williams (shoulder) is ruled out for the contest, Tom Silverstein of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports.

Analysis: After exiting early in Monday's win over the Vikings, Jamaal was listed as a non-participant in practices Wednesday and Thursday, a sign that he may be trending toward an absence in Week 17. Along with Dexter, LaFleur suggested that fullback Danny Vitale (knee) could pick up some of the snaps typically designated for Jamaal, but Vitale's availability is also muddled after back-to-back absences from practice. Even if both banged-up backs sit out Sunday and clear a path for Dexter to step into the No. 2 role, the rookie is unlikely to see much work behind top option Aaron Jones, who isn't expected to be rested with the Packers needing a win to clinch a first-round bye in the playoffs.

December 26, 2019 2:45 PM EST

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